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Two nights in Dallas - sushi

STL 'hound staying at a hotel near Parker College of Chiropractic.
Did a search of this CH site and found Masami, Teppo or Yutaka as the most recommended, but I don't know the region at all. PCC is apparently in a not-so-nice area.

I apprenticed to a Japanese chef and think of myself as an advanced beginner sushi-wise. I don't care how fancy the place is; food first! I am far more interested in sashimi, nigiri, & gunkan than cutesy named complex maki. Some are great but I find too much "dart board" maki to be boring. (I made up the term - like it?) Rice is key.

Handicapped accessibility is crucial.

TIA!

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  1. You are very close to Korea Town but I dont think there is any place there that has great sushi. Any place youll want to visit will be a 10-20 minute cab ride depending on where and when you go. The places you mention are all good and about the same distance. To that list Id add Nobu which gets varied reviews but has the broadest menu and great desserts.

    1. Of the places you mentioned, Yutaka is by far the best sushi. It's probably the best I've had in Dallas (although I haven't eaten at Nobu yet). Masami is my favorite "every day" sushi place - casual ambiance, very good fish, and a bit cheaper than Yutaka. I've eaten at Teppo twice and wouldn't really recommend it (unless you're dying for yakitori). I've enjoyed the sushi at Tei Tei more (same owners as Teppo), but again - the focus isn't sushi.

      Also, assuming that you're generally interested in japanese food, you should definitely make a trip to Tei An (again, same owners as Teppo and Tei Tei). The sushi is not much to get excited about (although it's good, and different - oshizushi), but the noodles are fantastic, as are the cooked dishes and appetizers. This place has been opened only a short time, and has already received national attention.

      Incidentally, if you're also interested in Sake, Yutaka has just opened a new Izakaya or Sakagura (not sure which), I think next door to the restaurant. Also, Kenichi in Victory Plaza has one of the best sake programs in the country and I've eaten very good sushi there as well. The waiters are well educated about sake, but if you're there on a friday or saturday night, ask to speak with the sommelier - he's extremely knowledgeable, and I always learn a lot just talking to him about their selection. (disclosure: he's also a friend of mine)

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      1. re: gavlist

        gavlist, is Sharaku what you are talking about? I was all excited upon the seeing the word izakaya, but guess it isn't one...

        http://www.thebradsblog.com/food/2009...

        1. re: air

          that's the one. Out of curiousity, what makes you say that it's not an izakaya? The name says "Sake Lounge"... but the difference sounds semantic more than anything unless I'm missing the essence of what distinguishes an izakaya from other establishments. Sharaku appreas to be drink focused, with small foods available - which pretty much sums up my impression of an izakaya.

          1. re: gavlist

            I agree with the impression that Sharaku is mainly drink focused, and that's the reason why I said "I guess it isn't an izakaya." The descriptions gave me the vibe that it's just a place to stop and grab a drink/something light while waiting for your table to be ready, as opposed to a hangout for a couple hours/whole night.

            1. re: air

              ah - well, I'm going tonight... I'll let you know

            2. re: gavlist

              gavlist, based on the photos and description, Sharaku is not an izakaya. It'd be called a bar or lounge in Japan (guess that's why it's named Sake Lounge.) It's similar to the English-speaking place you went to near the hotel in Osaka. (Was that a bar?)

              1. re: kuidaore

                We didn't go last night - they're closed on Mondays apparently. But, from the pictures, it doesn't look similar to the place we went to in Osaka. Probably Sharaku does not qualify as an izakaya - you're more of an authority than I... but I still don't really get the distinction. Perhaps I need to do more research! :)

                1. re: gavlist

                  It's definitely not an izakaya. If it weren't for it's ground floor location and space efficient placement of seating, you'd think you were in a Japanese bar. There's about 10 sakes total on the list, and at least twice as many wines. A few standards; Horin, Bishonen, Gekkaikan (hot). The food was pretty decent, the pressed sushi was nice, quality rice (seasoned!) and fish and vegetables mixed into the rice added some interest. Flounder chips were fun, as were the pecans with gorgonzola...not that gorgonzola does well with sake.

          2. re: gavlist

            I am pretty sure Teppo and Tei Tei were sold before he started Tei An. I think the quality at Teppo has slipped a little since then, although it is still good.

            I definitely second the recommendation for Tei An, although it definitely is focused on things besides sushi, so it may not be what the original poster wants.

          3. Nobu is the best in Dallas and Kenichi a close second.

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            1. re: OCNC

              Thanks for all the input so far!
              OCNC, What makes Nobu and Kenichi your top two? Are either close to where I'll be?

              Continue please everyone, if you so desire...

              1. re: Richard 16

                Best fish, best sushi chefs, best atmosphere.

              2. re: OCNC

                Nobu and Kenichi are the fancy "scene" sushi joints. And their chefs are excellent. I've been to Nobu in London and LA, and Kenichi in Austin.

                Yutaka on the other hand is a much more traditional sushi bar, and the chefs at dinner actually take the time to learn your preferences. I recommend the omakase dinner.

                When I want great sushi I go to Yutaka. When I want to impress someone that is more concerned with scene than relationship with the chef, I go to Kenichi. If, I want really high cost, high image Japanese fusion Nobu is the place.

              3. Although not near you. The best sushi in Dallas is, Sushi Sake in far North Dallas.
                www.sushi-sake.com

                1. Nobu, while it can sometimes be original and does have a large menu, is absurdly over-priced for what you get. As great as Nobu Mastuhisa is, he's not in the kitchen so you're essentially eating in a chain. Kenichi is americanized sushi with nothing you won't find in a plastic box at an upscale supermarket. Teppo and Tei Tei are both more Robata-centric with generic sushi offerings. Tei An is an amazing soba house with a few original sushi offerings.

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                  1. re: ShanghaiSam

                    really? Kenichi has bluefin tuna now, and uni from Hokkaido. I've eaten absolutely delicious saba imported from Oita prefecture there, prepared a couple of different ways. Yes - you can eat americanized rolls and standard sushi/sashimi items at Kenichi, but there's also much more available, and the quality has always been good.

                  2. There is a reason Nobu is so expensive, and so good. For those that are unaware (and I am sure most hounds are, and to those I offer apologies) Nobuyuki Matsuhisa owns Nobu and is a former Iron Chef. He along with pals such as De Niro opened these swanky restaurants across globe (see Beverly Hills and Vegas...). The cuisine is more fusion, with ties to his early ventures in South America. You will get an incredible dining experience, but with a price tag. Try the sea scallop tiradito.

                    Oh, interesting note - Matsuhisa played Mr Roboto in Austin Powers. Off to the sake blogs!

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                    1. re: DallasDude

                      Nobu wasn't an Iron Chef. Iron Chef Morimoto did work at Nobu's restaurant in New York before opening his own restaurant in Philadelphia (which I enjoyed more than Nobu!)

                      Nobu is fine if you are looking for a fancy environment, but I have never found the servers to be particularly knowledgeable. I think you are better off visiting a place in Dallas that you can't experience somewhere else.

                      1. re: babar

                        Now that's good angle! While there are some excellent sushi chefs in STL, we don't have, for example, a place with boats in a moat. While most (actually, I've only been to three or four) are mediocre only there was one place - in downtown Minneapolis) I returned to. (Sat near Barry Manilow one night.)

                        So - anything unusual? Floating boats/conveyers? Tanks of live fish, live scallops, clams, eels, etc.?? Unusual fish? Just remember - food first!

                      2. re: DallasDude

                        Personally, I feel the Nobu in Dallas is nowhere near as good as the one in New York which isn't as good as the one in Philadelphia. As others have stated, it's overpriced for what you get.

                        My favorite place to go for sushi in Dallas is Teppo. This isn't just due to its sushi (which is quite good) but also for their sake selection (the best I've found in Dallas). I'd place Tei Tei and Kenichi very shortly behind Teppo. Someone else mentioned Sushi Sake which is okay for inexpensive sushi but not in the same league as Teppo, Tei Tei, or Kenichi. I've yet to try Tei An, Yutaka, or Sharaku.

                        1. re: mahalan

                          Kenichi has by far the best sake list in the state. It's not a list, it's a book. Our server told us there's more than 100 selections, 20 by the glass. How many places have 20 sakes, period? They also have a team of certified saké sommeliers, who have been mentioned in several of the major DFW food blogs. They take it seriously over there. I've also been pleased that their chefs try to serve sushi fish which are in season.

                      3. you must go to sushi sake... i have tasted several of the places below that have fancy distractions, but if you are for the food, sushi sake will impress you than anything from stl. everything is very fresh and price point is decent, and most of the time there is a wait on weekends.

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                        1. re: lizlemon

                          Sushi Sake is a very very nice place, if you're looking for a cheaper place, but still has good taste, try out midori sushi off of Macarthur near the four seasons

                        2. I went to Tei Tei about two weeks ago and must say the sushi was abysmally bad. The slices were skimpy and the fish was nowhere near the grade it was when I last visited about a year ago. The uni was not from Hokkaido as it had been in the past. The waitstaff pushed ice fish on me which while interesting, did not warrant the $15 price tag. Overall, the quality was pretty poor. I attribute it to slowed business as the place was empty and I imagine to stock fresh fish, you need a decent crowd.

                          1. I ate at Kenichi last weekend. The Master Sushi Chef from Kenichi Aspen, Kiramyi Sano (sp) had just come in that day from Aspen. I was seated at his "station" at the sushi bar. I told him that I would let him select the offerings for me and gave him a $60 limit. I started with an order of edamame, standard for me. The first offering was a sashimi of seabass, topped with Maui onion, jalapeno slices and a dried cherry, with a sweet onion vinaigrette. Really yummy - light flavors that stood out individually, but made a complete dish. The second offering was the "Blake" roll. It was a LARGE inside-out roll of tempura shrimp, avocado and cucumber, topped with melt-in-my-mouth spicy tuna. It came with eel sauce. Another good offering. It was like a roll at my local sushi place, but the tuna was exquisite. The last offering was a salad of King Crab legmeat (he took it out of the legs in front of me, so I know it wasn't "Krab") with diced cucumber in a orange-miso vinaigrette. OMG, it was perfect. The vinaigrette matched perfectly with that crab!! With those 3, the edamame, and a large Sapporo, I was totally full. During the meal I talked with Chef about ski towns and the economic problems this year (I live in Park City, UT, another ski town), skiing, and how the season went. When it came time for the bill, I was happy to see that it was only $55. It was more than fair for what I was given. To be able to have a Master Sushi Chef to myself and have him custom make my dinner, well, it was a bonus.
                            Kenichi is a block away from the W Dallas Hotel and the American Airlines Center. Looks like It's about 10 miles from Parker CC. But, it's seems that it's basically a straight shot down I-35E to get to it, so it's not too difficult. It seemed totally accessible for a disabled person.